We'd rented a restored fisherman's cottage only a very short stroll from the beach and it was lovely - really nicely decorated on a beach theme.
|Ken and Bertie in front of the cottage|
Deal has an infamous history of smugglers and as you walk around the town you can imagine a little of what it may have been like hundreds of years ago as so many of the old buildings remain along with very narrow streets. Our cottage was just off Alfred Square which used to be full of pubs, smugglers, and ladies of the night. On our way back to the cottage after our meal we could hear music coming from one of the pubs so we ventured in to find a group of local musicians rehearsing - it was really lovely, a mixture of traditional folk music and sea shanties.
The beach is a pebble one which is a bit of a workout to walk on but Bertie was fine - he wasn't allowed on the main beach but it was only a short walk to where he was allowed. He loves going in the sea though he tends to stay where he can stand up.
|My two gorgeous men|
|This is my arty shot|
The photos don't really do it justice but I hope you can get a sense of how pretty it is. Once we'd arrived in Deal we didn't use the car again until we left, so Ken parked it on the sea front where there was free parking - you may wonder why I'm telling you this, well it's because I wanted to share with you his fine parking skills.
|I don't think even a wafer thin piece of paper would fit between the bumper and the wall|
One thing that we loved is that the people of Deal obviously have a great sense of humour as evidenced by several signs around the town - here's three of our favourites.
There is a pier but it's quite a plain one though does have a great sculpture at the entrance.
|View of the town from the pier|
There are lots of blue plaques around the town including one for Charles Hawtry (probably best known for the Carry On films) - sadly due to too many excesses in later life when he died there were only a handful of mourners at his funeral.
On our final morning we headed back to the Royal for breakfast - you can see that Ken had someone's undivided attention as he ate his full English (you'll be pleased to know that Bertie Boo got a sausage).
So that was our visit to Deal - I would definitely recommend it if you want somewhere by the sea to visit.
Until next time be happy, stay safe, and make sure you take care of you and yours.
Pamela and Ken
P.S: Final picture is of a hairdressers that I loved - it looks like something out of the movie Grease.